The stone is one of the oldest art materials. Archeological discoveries confirm that engravings in limestone slabs were created by prehistoric societies. In 1937 in French LaMarche, Léon Péricard found several thousand-year-old engravings depicting 49 heads and 18 figures.
Limestone is a very interesting material. This fine-grained to solid sedimentary rock consists of 80% calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the form of calcite or aragonite and may contain dolomite, siderite, quartz, or clay as impurities. The color of limestone can have many shades - from grayish through yellowish to soft pinkish. As a stone, it has one extraordinary characteristic. In places where you draw with a greasy material (lithographic chalk, for example), it can take on color after preparation with nitric acid. In other places, the color is repelled. This makes it a perfect matrix for printing.
Alois Franz Senefelder, a native of Prague, took advantage of its qualities and created the lithography technique on the above principle. This forerunner of today's industrial offset printing became the main technique for reproduction printing in the 19th century. Originally a nomadic musician and actor, Senefelder made a great career with lithography. He won several important awards and became an inspector at the Munich Lithographic Institute. During his life, he created and perfected a number of lithographic techniques (chalk, multicolor) which were and still are used by generations of artists. Let us mention a few names, like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alfons Mucha, or Pablo Picasso.
The beautiful limestone structure and great artistic potential inspired us to create its digital equivalent so that artists working in the digital environment of our painting software Rebelle could also enjoy these extraordinary surfaces.
The path to it wasn’t easy at all. Today, the best Solnhofen Bavarian limestone is used only in specialized lithographic workshops. Therefore, we visited the graphic workshops of the Jozef Vydra School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava whose teachers were kind enough to borrow us a few stones of various surfaces for scanning.
By the way, have you ever hand-carried and cut lithographic stone? It's a wonderful experience, so if you ever have a chance, we encourage you to try it! We chose stones with various grain sizes. Some of them were hand-sanded to an almost smooth surface, some were left with the remnants of the structure and various scratches, and some were scanned in their original, raw condition.
To preserve the natural beauty of these stones, we needed to achieve the maximum quality of the scanning process. That's why we used a state-of-the-art CRUSE large-format scanner with controlled lighting and color calibration. By adjusting the lighting angle and light intensity, we looked for the most suitable ratio between light and shadow length. We spent many hours calibrating the sharpness and color. It was an exciting adventure, but the journey does not end there!
Hours of searching for suitable cut-outs from original structures, intuitively creating tiles, composing edges and software editing of originals paid off. Now each Rebelle user can experience the special artistic feeling of touching a beautiful stone surface and making the first stroke with a pencil or brush. Thus was born the digital stone and the digital lithography with it.
When Senefelder discovered lithography at the end of the 18th century, he freed graphic artists from tool addiction. The image and its reproduction were no longer limited by the characteristics of the chisel. Paintings, drawings, or basically any technique could be reproduced. Today, Rebelle is taking the next step. It frees the artists from the difficult physical preparation of the stone and allows for the freedom of creation, the visual beauty of the stone, and a vast ocean of possibilities.
Now, we invite you to enjoy creative freedom with these brand-new lithography stone sets that have just been added to Rebelle 3 assets family!
This set is a digital interpretation of high-quality Solnhofen limestone, which has been used for lithography printing for more than two centuries. We left two of the stones in their raw state and one bears the remains of an old lithograph and the natural scratches that arose when handling the stone. The surface is suitable for ink painting, pencil or charcoal drawing.
Another excellent interpretation of Solnhofen limestone is hand-cut stones of various hardness. The stones prepared in this way are used by many renowned artists for their lithographic works. The set contains several degrees of surface grain. The stones are great for pencil, pastel and watercolor creations.
The lithography stones, as well as the rest of the paper sets for Rebelle 3, are available from our website for 9.99 USD each. Every set contains three different limestone surfaces.
The author of the text is Mgr. Ľubomír ZABADAL, PhD. - an expert for traditional art media and assistant professor at Department Of Creative Arts and Art Education at UKF University, Slovakia.
Publish artwork fully or partially created in Rebelle, Flame Painter, Amberlight or Inspirit software to the Escape Motions Community gallery with a description and the hashtag:
The topic of the contest is Halloween. Include one or more elements typical for this time of the year, inspired by scary stories, witchcraft, superstitions...just make sure the art captures the spirit of the Halloween season. Each entrant may publish a maximum of four (4) artworks to the contest. The entry may be a painting, an illustration, a photo manipulation or an abstract composition. Your imagination is the only limit here. Using third-party software is allowed but the use of our software must be obvious in the final image.
You can submit your entries in the following ways:
- Publish directly from the software and add a tag #SpookyTime, or
- Upload your artwork from your Community account and add a tag #SpookyTime
You can start uploading your entries from today, October 14th, 2020 (contest starts). We will accept all entries submitted by October 28th, 2020 23:59 GMT (contest ends). We will announce the winners on the day of Halloween, October 31st, 2020.
To publish your entry from Rebelle, Flame Painter or Amberlight software, go from the menu File or Community > Publish. Set Picture name, Description add #SpookyTime hashtag to Tags and click the “Publish” button.
It is not possible to publish directly from Inspirit. In order to enter the contest with Inspirit work, the entrants need to upload it directly through their Community account and add the #SpookyTime hashtag to Tags.
Three winners will be selected internally by us in the Escape Motions team. We will judge all submitted art pieces based on quality, personality, originality, and spookiness, of course.
The main prize for the first place is a $200 Amazon eGift Card and a $200 credit to be used at Escape Motions shop.
Moreover, we’ll choose winners of the second and the third place who will each get $100 credit to be spent at Escape Motions shop.
This contest is open to everyone from across the world.
Not sure what art to enter with? We've hand-picked some of our most favorite spooky art from our online Gallery to inspire you:
We believe this blog covers the most important information on how to join the contest. You can review the full Halloween contest rules on this link:
…or if you have any questions, feel free to ask us at info[at]escapemotions.com.
Boo to you from our crew!
Your Escape Motions Team
Creatures painted in Rebelle 3 by Featured Artist Martin Hanschild
Balrog by Gus Estevez
Creature from the Black Lagoon by Daniel Murray
Frankenstein's Monster by Daniel Murray
Forest Maiden by jessbernadette
Octofishy girl by Nora Rodriguez
Riding Hood by kosterjoris
Sanctuary by Danny Cahan
Star Eater by Liiga
The predator by Carlos Morais
The Witnesses by Stardust_79
It is our pleasure to announce the great success of our software Flame Painter in an internationally recognized competition Hermes Creative Awards 2020. Following Platinum Award for Rebelle and Gold Award for Amberlight from 2016, Flame Painter is our third award-winning software recognized by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP), which we are very excited about.
Hermes Creative Awards, within more than 25 years of experience and hundreds of thousands of evaluated entries, became one of the largest and most recognized creative competitions in the world. The wings statuette of ancient Greek messenger recognizes messengers of the modern creative and digital platforms.
We believe Flame Painter is also a messenger bringing innovation to its field. This digital painting software offers life-like particle brushes allowing anyone interested to enhance their artwork with visual effects that will stand out.
The software received the Platinum Award in the category Application Software / Innovation / Computer Graphics. Only about 15% of all entries in multiple categories accomplished this, therefore our team is very proud to share this success with all of you interested.
Thank you for your long-lasting support and feedback that drives our team to improve and create new software to help you shine in digital artwork.
Escape Motions Team